On July 1, 2015, J.B. Holston assumed the role of Dean of the University of Denver’s Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science. His goal is to position the school as a fundamentally vibrant part of the community — spanning businesses, the entrepreneurial community, and civic constituents — and have it become a high-impact, necessary part of every student’s journey.
J.B. Holston has 30 years success as a global scale-up CEO and entrepreneur, and is active in a range of civic initiatives around innovation, open government, entrepreneurship, impact investing, and microfinance.
JB was the founding Executive Director for the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network in Colorado. JB remains on BEN’s Steering Committee.
J.B. served as founding CEO for NewsGator (now Sitrion) from 2004 through 2012. In that role, Holston was named the Colorado Technology Association's Technology Executive of the Year in 2010. Prior to Sitrion, Holston started and led a broad range of for-profit and not-for-profit enterprises at the locus of technology and media. Past positions include President of Ziff Davis International, where he was a member of the executive team that completed the successful LBO of the company with Forstmann, Little and subsequent sale to Softbank. In that capacity, Holston launched Yahoo! Europe as a joint venture between ZD and Yahoo!. Holston held senior executive positions at NBC and GE after starting his career with the Boston Consulting Group. JB has a BA and MBA from Stanford University.
In 2014, The Colorado Technology Association awarded J.B. the Bob Newman Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the technology industry in Colorado.
J.B. and his family live in Denver, Colorado.